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by Northwest Boating Information on 12/15/14

Seattle, Wash. (December  2014) – Stan Miller Yachts and Grand Yachts, Inc. are excited to announce the West Coast debut of the Grand Banks 50 Eastbay SX at the upcoming Seattle Boat Show. The 50SX will be a part of the in-water show at South Lake Union, January 23rd through February 1st.

The 50 Eastbay is the newest addition to the popular Eastbay series from Grand Banks Yachts. With stunning, sleek lines and a finely tuned hull form, the 50SX slices through the water, turning heads wherever she goes. The Seattle Boat Show marks the highly-anticipated inaugural appearance of this model on the West Coast. View full press release here.


Honolulu - U.S.C.G. Rescued Missing Mariner After 12 Days at Sea

by Northwest Boating Information on 12/10/14

U.S.C.G. 14th District Public Affairs

HONOLULU — A boater who has been missing since Nov. 27 was found alive and uninjured aboard his 25-foot sailing vessel Malia 64 miles south... of Honolulu, Tuesday.

Ron Ingraham, 67, was last heard from when he placed two mayday calls Nov. 27, saying his vessel was taking on water and in danger of sinking 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a short mayday call today from the master of the sailing vessel Malia over VHF channel 16 at 7:55 a.m.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) was approximately 14 miles away and responded to the UMIB at 8:32 a.m.

USS Paul Hamilton arrived on scene with Malia at 9 a.m. The U.S. Navy ship reported Ingraham was weak, hungry and dehydrated. The crew provided food and water to Ingraham and a rescue and assistance team is attempting to affect repairs to the outboard engine aboard Malia.

View full press release and video here.


Bellevue Marina in Meydenbauer Bay is now Offering Limited Guest Moorage

by Northwest Boating Information on 12/10/14

Visitor moorage at the Bellevue Marina on Meydenbauer Bay is now open to the boating public. Access, moorage and restrooms meet ADA accessibility guidelines. Design of the facility was funded by Washington State's Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). Visitor moorage for 14 boats is located between Piers 2 and 3 in the Bellevue Marina. Allowable length of stay is four hours. Visitor moorage opens daily at 8 a.m., and boats must depart by 9 p.m.

State Clearing Local Watgerways of Derelict Boats

by Northwest Boating Information on 12/10/14

EVERETT — Stuck in the muck for years, the old wooden fishing boat disintegrated on contact.

The 60-footer, abandoned long ago near the mouth of Deadwater Slough east of downtown Everett, ...was one of seven boats removed from local waterways this fall. It was part of a state Department of Natural Resources program to dispose of derelict boats throughout the state. View full story at The Daily Herald.

Washington State Looks To Ban Shaded, Concrete Docks

by Northwest Boating Information on 12/10/14

A lengthy and complex shoreline-protection plan under review in Washington state would ban new covered moorages and boat houses and force significant and costly changes in some existing... waterfront structures. Some facilities unable to comply likely will disappear.

Concrete docks would be phased out under a new environmental proposal.

The state’s goal is to protect and enhance the shoreline by encouraging the growth of 29 species of sea grasses and small fish and other marine life that thrive along natural shorelines and which are part of the food chain of larger fish, such as salmon, seals and orcas, said Peter Goldmark, the state’s commissioner of public lands.

Existing covered marinas eventually would be required to replace portions of solid rooftops with translucent panels to increase the amount of light falling on the water. Walkways in marinas – now usually concrete or wood – would be replaced with grated walks, again to let sunlight reach the water. Creosoted timbers, used as piling in moorings and in breakwaters, would be replaced with concrete or steel components.  View full story at Passage Maker.


Fishing and Crabbing Seminar Line-Up Announced for 2015 Seattle Boat Show

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/23/14

For the 2015 show there will be 35 new free seminars, bringing the total to 235 and prompting the addition of a fourth stage on weekends. On the fishing stage there will be 57 free fishing seminars with the best experts in their field of fishing and crabbing. There is no better way for an angler to improve his or her success on the water than investing in an hour or two to learn from the best. And it’s all free. So whether it’s learning to mooch, learning about tuna fishing off Washington’s coast, shrimp fishing in Puget Sound or ocean salmon techniques, the Seattle Boat Show is the place to be, Jan. 23 through Feb. 1, 2015. View full press release here.


Sneak Peak at Boats of Note at Seattle Boat Show | pr

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/13/14

SEATTLE – November 2014 – Northwest boaters are a very fortunate lot. The Pacific Northwest and British Columbia are home to what is arguably the greatest variety of boating in the world. And the Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, reflects that variety. Unique to the show is the wide range of boats and accessories on display. View full press release here.


Washington State Parks Announces New Moorage Rates for 2015

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/11/14

OLYMPIA – November 10, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced new moorage rates for mooring in state marine parks. The new prices take effect Jan. 1, 2015....

The Washington State Legislator has directed State Parks to generate additional revenue from its facilities and services to offset the loss of tax support. Moorage fees were last increased in early 2012, and State Parks is taking action to make the moorage program more self-supporting. Even with the 2015 fee increases, the program will need greater long-term financial support.

The price revisions are the result of a market analysis and stakeholder outreach conducted earlier this year. Marine park users told State Parks that enforcement of moorage fees needs to be improved. State Parks is continuing to analyze the program and address concerns. View more information including new rates here.


Northwest Marine Trade Association Announces Grow Boating Grants

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/10/14

Funds available for non-profits promoting boating in the Northwest

SEATTLE – November 11, 2014 – The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is pleased to announce a grant program for non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the region. The grants are being awarded through the NMTA’s Grow Boating program whose mission is to increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to boat more often. Since 2003, NMTA has spent more than $1M to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest through various events, sponsorships and programs. The NMTA will award up to $9,000 to one or more organizations by April 3rd, 2015.  View full press release here.


Calling All Boating and Trivia Fans: Trivia, Statistics and Fun Facts Revealed About the Seattle Boat Show

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/09/14

SEATTLE – November 3, 2014 – The 68th Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat drops anchor on January 23, 2015. It’s the largest boat show on the West Coast and the third largest show in North America.  The 10-day show is a not-to-be-missed event on the calendar of Washington state boaters, many of whom have been faithfully attending for decades and now bring their kids or grandkids as part of the tradition. As well as they feel they know the show, they might be surprised by some of the fun facts and trivia about the show and boating in the Northwest. View full press release here.


Whatcom County Boat Manufacturer Moves into Bigger Fairhaven Warehouse

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/08/14

BELLINGHAM — A local boat manufacturer forced to close because of a fire is one step closer to reopening in a bigger facility.

Northwest Marine Industries signed a two-year lease with the Port of Bellingham to occupy a 20,000-square-foot warehouse at the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park, which is near the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

Northwest Marine Industries are the makers of C-dory, Osprey, Sea Sport, Tom Cat and others.

See full report at the Bellingham Herald:


Boat Burns on the Fraser River in Langley Township - B.C. Canada

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/08/14

Nov. 4th > A 47 foot Bayliner yacht valued at nearly $500,000 was destroyed and sunk in an early morning fire on Tuesday.

Around 8:30 a.m., Township fire crews were called to a private dock in the 10200 block of Allard Crescent where the boat was already fully engulfed, while floating in the Fraser River.

No one was on the boat. Township firefighters had a tough time with the fire and after putting enough water on it, the boat sank, confirmed assistant fire chief Bruce Ferguson. The owner is having it taken out of the Fraser by professionals, he said. The fire doesn't appear suspicious. Source: The Langley Times.


Seattle Boat Show Offers Special Travel Packages

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/07/14

SEATTLE - The Seattle Boat Show (Indoor + Afloat) is so popular it attracts visitors from 41 US states, six Canadian provinces and as far away as Dubai.

And with good reason, it's the largest boat show on the West Coast and the third largest in the U.S., with two locations indoors at CenturyLink Field Event Center and afloat at South Lake Union. To make it easy for out-of-town visitors, show organizers have put together an array of travel specials which include Victoria Clipper and Amtrak packages and rates as low as $126.00 per night at conveniently located downtown hotels. The show opens Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 1, 2015. View full press release here.


Sailor Loses Friend When Boat Capsizes During Wind Storm:

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/30/14

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The wind storm on Saturday Oct. 25th, 2014 took down power lines and trees. It also capsized a boat during a race, killing an Olympia man.

Jay Bergland died over the weekend. He was one of three people thrown into the water when their boat, Gizmo, capsized while they were in the last two miles of the Eagle Island Race near Budd Inlet, north of Olympia. See video here and full story at KING 5 News.

Teague Custom Marine Covers the Best Places to Spend Your Boat Maintenance Dollar

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/28/14

 Money isn’t everything. But in the world of boating, it’s just as ubiquitous as fuel. And you have a limited amount of it—which is why it’s important to spend your boat maintenance dollar in the places that will give your boat the best speed, highest quality, and longest shelf life possible.

After all, you don’t want to spend money on a new gasket, only for your boat’s engine to break down. And you certainly don’t want to invest in a new engine simply to fix a bad belt. Knowing what needs fixing, what needs upgrading, and when to hold back is at the heart of spending your boat maintenance dollar wisely.

Let’s take a look at the areas that make the best investments.

The Big-Ticket Items: Spend Your Dollar

What’s a "big-ticket" item? The parts that get your boat to move, that keep it in peak performance. Investing in your boat’s maintenance is worthwhile if you can extend the life of quality parts like engines, propellers, fuel systems, and more. Yes, there are other variables that are critical in the equation that constitutes a fast boat—but with a limited budget, you’ve got to have priorities.

 Here are some of the best places on your boat to spend money on maintenance, and why:

Engine: Need we say more? A tuned, oiled, fueled, properly treated engine is not only going to last longer, but it’s going to treat you better throughout its life. The engine is the source of speed, torque, weight distribution, and more. There’s a reason we at Teague have a section devoted entirely to engines—they’re not just parts, but they’re a whole system of parts. Keep your engine in shape with regular maintenance—even if it costs you.

Fuel systems: From carburetors to fuel manifolds and more, your engine’s fuel system is to your boat what the heart is to a body. And every piece counts. Invest in the right combination of filter, pump, regulator, and plumbing for your power level and make sure all parts are in sync and up to date for long term engine durability and performance.

Propellers: Some people might question a propeller as a "big-ticket" item, but the propeller is where your boat’s speed meets the water and is extremely important when setting a boat up for competition or recreation. If it’s not in top shape and ready to deliver the force you need, your boat will simply not be as efficient as it’s designed. When choosing your propeller, consider the choice of materials. Aluminum propellers offer good performance at a low cost for most applications whereas stainless steel propellers are more expensive but more durable than aluminum propellers and their thinner blades provide higher performance.

Superchargers: There’s nothing sexier in the world of boat speed than a supercharger, and for good reason. The method of forced induction is a fast and direct way to ensure that your engine reaches a new level of performance and function. If you’ve done everything you can to optimize and care for your engine, a supercharger represents a great way to upgrade over its present capabilities.

This article is brought to you by Teague Custom Marine, the largest distributor for leading performance aftermarket marine manufacturers.


Emails making false allegations against Seattle boat dealer cost B.C. man $40,000

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/21/14

A British Columbia man has been ordered to pay $40,000 in damages for sending emails alleging a boat dealer was a child molester during a dispute over repairs.

Robert Turpin bought a 64-foot yacht from Ocean Alexander Marine Yacht Sales i...n Seattle in 2011, then discovered some of the windows were defective. Unhappy with the offer from sales manager Ray Prokorym, Turpin then sent emails to Ocean Alexander employees and others in the industry falsely alleging that Prokorym was a convicted sex offender. View full story at Vancouver Sun: Source: Boating Industry.

Something’s fishy about Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal - and that’s a good thing!

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/21/14

A KOMO News | Seattle Refind article:

Living in Seattle, we have a tendency to take great seafood for granted; we know that come spring, our halibut will have a soft landing in herbed butter. It’...s a given that we can drive to Fishermen’s Terminal and buy freshly-caught salmon just feet from where the boat docks. We can be confident our crab will still be crawling as we ready our crackers. But we rarely think about the great engine that pumps pristine seafood—and thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economy—into our city. For more than 100 years, Fisherman’s Terminal has been the connection from the water—and all that it bears—and the city. View full story at KOMO News / Seattle Refind:

Vessel sinks near Campbell River, B.C: 2 missing:

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/19/14

Authorities spent the day searching for two men who went missing after a barge sank off the east side of Vancouver Island early Saturday morning.

The Canadian Forces' Joint Rescue... Co-ordination Centre in Victoria said it received the Mayday call about 2:30 a.m. PT.  Three men were on the vessel, described as a 67-foot steel landing craft, about five kilometers north of Campbell River, and it was taking on water.

The barge was less than a kilometer due north of the docks at the old mill when it sank in 72-metres of water, police said.  One of the men was rescued and pulled aboard an inflatable boat by crew members of an Alaskan ferry that answered the call for help. Full story at CBC News:

Coast Guard rescues two people from vessel taking on water near Sequim, Wash.

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/18/14

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued two people after their vessel began taking on water north of Dungeness Spit, Sequim, Friday.

A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles took the man and woman, both local residents, to the station. They did not require medical attention. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a distress call on VHF-FM channel 16 around 7:31 a.m. from the owner of the 67-foot recreational vessel Lady A reporting that they were abandoning ship into their life raft.

Sector Puget Sound watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to alert vessels in the area of the distress situation.

Sector Puget Sound watchstanders directed the launch of the RB-M crew at 7:40 a.m. in response. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles also launched shortly after. 

The crew of Tokyo Express, a 664-foot tanker vessel transiting the area, also launched a small boat crew to assist.

The RB-M and Tokyo Express crews arrived on scene around 8:09 a.m. and found the two people still aboard the Lady A. 

Both people were transferred to the RB-M and taken to Station Port Angeles. 

The Lady A reportedly sank in 180 feet of water with an estimated 700 gallons of diesel aboard.  No sheen has been reported. The vessel is not a hazard to navigation.

Pollution responders from Sector Puget Sound’s incident management division have been notified and are working with the owner of the vessel and the Washington State Department of Ecology to determine if the vessel can be salvaged. Source: USCG News Release.

2 car crash leaves boat adrift on I-5 in Downtown Seattle

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/13/14

KOMO News: SEATTLE -- Those driving on I-5 south through Seattle had quite the odd sight Sunday afternoon after a boat became disconnected from its vehicle trailer during a two-car crash and was left in "freeway dry dock" along the shoulder.

Troopers said the crash happened after 1 p.m. near the Albro exit and the boat, ironically named "Passin' Thru," ended up blocking two left lanes until a tow truck could help clear the scene. There were no reports of anyone hurt.

"Only in Seattle does a boat attempt to drive on the freeway," mused Trooper Chris Webb.V

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